22 Nov '11, 11am

Bringing Data Centers Into the Smart Grid Fold via @greentechmedia

Bringing Data Centers Into the Smart Grid Fold via @greentechmedia

Data centers use up to 2.2 percent of the country’s electricity , and their hunger for power is only expected to grow in the coming years. Can these massive burdens on the power grid transform themselves into grid assets? Data center power management software startup Power Assure is going to try it out, in tandem with its new strategic investor, Dominion Resources . The Virginia-based utility announced a $1 million investment in the Santa Clara, Calif.-based data center power management startup on Tuesday, along with a partnership aimed at harnessing data centers to make the grid run more efficiently. Power Assure and Dominion haven’t yet identified the specific data centers they plan to target for feeding power back to the grid, said Brad Wurtz, CEO of PowerAssure, though he said a couple have expressed interest in participating in the pilot project. “Right now, we’re at ...

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